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The Week in Copiers Ten Years Ago

 

The Week in Copiers Ten Years Ago

First Week of January 2006

The end of my first week of the new year.  It took me most of the week to ramp it up and there's some great opportunities on the horizon.  If you don't ask you don't get and the harder you work the luckier you get.  Let the good times roll!

Enjoy these great copier and fax threads from ten years ago this week



Masterpiece Graphix adds substrates for use on Ricoh and Konica Minolta digital presses

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Masterpiece Graphix (St. Louis, MO), a leading manufacturer of digital printing media, has announced that more of its products have been tested and confirmed for use on Ricoh and Konica Minolta digital printing presses. Masterpiece Graphix .010 Synthetic Paper and .010 Matte White PVC substrates are now tested and confirmed for use on Konica Minolta Bizhub Press high-speed digital colour production printers. Both are now included in the Konica Minolta Substrate Throughput Assurance Guide. In
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This Week in the Copier/Office Equipment Industry 10 Years Ago First Week of January 2006

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speeds of up to 100 double-sided pages per minute. It prints and copies up to 90 pages-per-minute. Workers can quickly and easily produce large, complex documents including brochures and booklets as well as everyday business documents like reports and training materials. The system is engineered to produce from 75,000 to 175,000 pages per month. Based on the same design as the Xerox 4110 digital copier-printer, the Xerox 4590 reflects Xeroxs use of common technology platforms that can be
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Konica Minolta Announces Comprehensive Suite of Services to Enhance the Business Mobile Experience

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Directory (to ensure only authorized users can print) End-to-end encryption of print jobs Secure release of print jobs IT administration full customization via a simple user interface Integration with any printing infrastructure, from printers and mobile devices to third-party print accounting solutions EveryonePrint is available in four versions: Standalone – A per printer license that offers printing from an unlimited number of mobile devices to a single printer. Connect – Available as a per-server
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Konica Minolta Advances Position in the Market with Mobile Printing Solution from Lantronix Compatible with Apple iOS Devices and Android Phones and Tablets

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businesses of all sizes the convenience to print quickly, securely and easily from their mobile device – iPad, iPhone, iPod using Airprint and Android, Chromebook, Chrome browser using Google Cloud Print. While a convenient and affordable plug-and-play solution, the xPrintServer allows users to also take advantage of Konica Minolta's advanced and secure printing options such as User Authentication, Account Track and Secure Print preventing unauthorized users from gaining access to their Konica Minolta
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Selling Copiers "Reading Between the Lines"

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Cone of Silence Muchof the content that I use for my blogs comes from the daily grind of selling hardware software. There will be days when I hear something unique,have a conversation witha client or aspark if imagination that will cause me to write. Actually, yesterday wasone of those days.Our VP of Major Accounts came over to my humble abode of 24 square feet and asked me about an he email he had received from a potential newclient. The email kinda wentlike this. "Sorry, been outfor a
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Konica Minolta Debuts JETVARNISH 3DS and iFOIL S

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January 06, 2016 20:00 ET Konica Minolta Debuts JETVARNISH 3DS and iFOIL S SINGAPORE--(Marketwired - Jan 6, 2016) - Leader in print and enterprise content management Konica Minolta Business Solutions Asia (BSA) has launched its JETVARNISH 3DS in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam that provides tactile impact on printed brochures, point-of-purchase materials, packaging and other communication collaterals. Designed to be highly accurate and fast, the JETVARNISH 3DS
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Ricoh Positioned as a Leader in 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed Print and Content Services Worldwide

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content services (MCS) across the IT side of printing, business process automation and business process optimization. Further to this, Ricoh embeds services in a comprehensive needs assessment and solution development process that evaluates how a company manages information and business processes, with a goal of driving value and reducing the burden on IT departments. Although many MPS offerings focus tightly on devices and print management, Ricoh's managed services are delivered through a more
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Global 3D Printer Market Up +35% in 2015 on the Back of B2B Purchases of Personal/Desktop Printers

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Systems Cube/Cubify 20,290 12% 3 Stratasys MakerBot 15,426 9% 4 Ultimaker Ultimaker 14,734 9% 5 M3D The Micro 14,436 9% The Industrial/Professional portion of the 3D Printing market struggled in 2015 after the hype from recent years faded. Additionally, IT industry stalwarts (previously not part of this industry) like HP , Canon , Ricoh and Toshiba Machines each
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Re: Selling Copiers "Reading Between the Lines"

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though, that email is a tricky one. As a truly competitive sales person, I feel like we're always second guessing the meaning of the words and the situation. in this particular case, I would have picked up the phone and called the customer. It's the new year and "new promotions" are available from the manufacturer for the gear. This question though is more of an interested buying signal, so if you think you've got the hook in, use half of the credits available to set the hook and reel them in. If
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Re: Selling Copiers "Reading Between the Lines"

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they are treating a product as a commodity, I will quote it and sell it to them as a commodity and go on about my business working with my clients and prospects that are worth spending time on. It is funny how often I sell something to someone without even meeting them. If someone asks me for a price to buy a printer, I don't send them a proposal. I send them an Order Agreement with the model, accessories and pricing on it.The majority of the time, they send back a signed order, because they want
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New Ricoh color MFP embraces evolving styles of today's information workers

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while offering impressive features, such as an intuitive standard tablet-style interface, mobile printing, cloud connectivity and the newest authentication capabilities. With standard duplexing and capacity for up to 1,350 sheets of various-sized media, it packs a wealth of productivity into one of the smallest footprints in its performance class. "People work differently these days," said John Brophy , Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. "They want to print from mobile
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Toshiba Creates Sales Rep Firm Network for Digital Display Business

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IRVINE, Calif.--( BUSINESS WIRE )--Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced it has created a nationwide sales representative firm network to drive demand for its new commercial displays. Ten leading professional sales representative firms will begin operation, meeting with integrators, resellers, consultants and end users, starting immediately. “We have assembled a select team of highly experienced, professional firms
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Re: Selling Copiers "Reading Between the Lines"

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John I'm going back to the eighties now, I will not email, fax, mail or give a pricing over the phone. If that's not acceptable for the client then they can go find someone else.
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Sharp Honors Access Systems And Ad Solutions With Annual Dealer Excellence Award

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this year's Dealer Excellence award, as they are always thinking outside of the box while executing successfully. The company has also done an exceptional job driving solid sales and profit by leveraging the IT side of its business within the multifunctional printer (MFP) division. AD Solutions has grown its business by 240 percent over the last five fiscal years and is recognized as an up-and-coming Sharp dealer. A partner since 2009, Sharp has seen the company's growth first hand. In 2009
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Re: Selling Copiers "Reading Between the Lines"

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Art, well put and so true. We have to use the technology advances of email and vmail to keep up with the pace. We have to be very careful on choosing between the live personal transaction or electronic. First, if someone doesn't know who you are through a preceding live chat, there can be misinterpretation of what you leave them. They may not know how to take it, or ignore it regardless if the message conveys value. We always need to take into account that we don't know when an electronic...
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Re: Selling Copiers "Reading Between the Lines"

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TML Hopefully our VP of Major will be in today and we'll find out how that went. I will let you know. Art
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2016: The year of the print specialist?

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Simon Tetlow predicts the rise of the print and document management expert I believe the printer channel has much to look forward to in 2016. While product-based sales should continue to yield a steady income, the real opportunities lie with the consultancy sale. This gives a reseller a chance to use their expertise to add value and build longer-term relationships with their customers. Why is this? The rise of the multifunction printer (MFP) has played a huge part. Now that most
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Re: Need some excel help with price lists

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If I understand what you are seeking, the attached may help with formulas. Years ago I created a proposal template where salesreps could just enter a model number and a DMAP (remember DMAP?) price level and the proposal would auto populate allaccessories and pricing. All the salesrep would have to do is eliminate the accessories they did not want and plug in a profit percentage. You will see that one formula is =INDEX('C:\Can\[Voyager.xls]Prices'!$A$1:$AB$8995,Index_Row,0) "INDEX" is the
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Re: Is This the Death of Lexmark? Firm Rumored to Sell to Konica Minolta

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It may be the death of Lexmark, only time will tell. I can say that it may have many in the Industry worried. Say you owna large Canon dealer and wereusing Lexmark toocapture your customers printer / a4 devices. This sale mightopen the door for the KM account manager to take over the entire fleet, replace the Canon copiers and service the Lexmark Printers. Or, if you are a manufacture who is using Lexmark for the same reason, but your potential operating costs are going to be on the rise in the
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Need help with Canon device

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Customer is coming out of a 50ppm color Xerox with Fiery. Need bookletmaker, color matching, all sizes up to 12x18. Thick stock not an issue, running 5K color prints per month. Wants to stay around same speed. Client also have Print Audit for tracking of prints and wants to track copies from the MFP in addition to the prints. What model Canon would you propose?
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Canon Business Process Services’ CaseData® eDiscovery Platform Offers Keyword Reporting and New Database Management Tools

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subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc. Learn more at www.cbps.canon.com and follow us on Twitter @CanonBPO. All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners. Contacts Canon Business Process Services Ken Neal, 212-502-2151 Fellow, Corporate Communications
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5 Reasons Billing by Seat Could Change Everything

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profits. PSB allows for increased/decreased printing to become irrelevant as a savings mechanism. #4: PROFITABILITY: Adding solution software revenue is extremely profitable Gross Profit levels for Managed Print under CPP are under downward pressure. Adding software solutions that address workflow and print governance are highly profitable – upwards of 70% GP. #5: STICKINESS: Customers are using software to streamline all kinds of workflows Combining traditional Managed Print and adding print
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Print Tracker Welcomes Rick Church to the Development Team

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Print Tracker, a leading developer and purveyor of innovative print management and business machine information gathering software, is proud to announce the addition of Rick Church to the Print Tracker™ software engineering team. “I am drawn to Print Tracker’s timely assistance record and excellent support history and look forward to providing our clients with the best solutions possible,” says Church. “My development and troubleshooting background for printer driver install groups is an
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3D Printing Manufacturer Tiertime Announces Global Launch of UP mini 2 Desktop 3D Printer

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new features related to usability, portability and connectivity, all of which have shown Tiertime's strength in innovation and product development in 3D printing industry. Compared with the first generation UP mini, UP mini 2 has the following five major upgrades: Better print quality – Capable of printing in 0.15mm layer thickness with new mechanical design; Touch screen control - Provide better 3D printing user experience; WIFI connection - WIFI support, enabling better user control of
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Gartner names Lexmark a Leader in Managed Print and Content Services for fifth consecutive year

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LEXINGTON, Ky. , Jan. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Lexmark International, Inc., a global technology leader, today announced that it has been positioned in the Leaders quadrant by leading industry analyst firm Gartner, Inc. in its Magic Quadrant for Managed Print and Content Services 1 for the fifth consecutive year. Gartner defines Managed Content Services (MCS) as "a comprehensive solution that rationalizes, streamlines and optimizes business communications inside the organization by providing
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The New Sales Mantra, "Always be Helping"

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“Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life.” ( Arnold Schwarzenegger) Acronyms are used across every industry and throughout all walks of life. Texting and instant messaging has given rise to a whole new series of acronyms. Acronyms and buzzwords are riddled throughout the sales community. As a recovering copier sales
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OKI Data Americas to Exhibit Award-Winning Printing and Document Management Solutions for the Education Market at the FETC 2016 National Conference

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, the MC562w offers high-definition color output, a large paper capacity and a small footprint, all of which are perfect for educational settings including classrooms, offices and libraries. Highlights of the MC562w wireless MFP include: Duplex printing and copying, plus four-in-one (print/copy/scan/fax) multifunction capabilities High print speeds of up to 27 color and 31 monochrome pages per minute Paper capacity of up to 880 sheets Banner printing capability on sheets up to 52 inches in length
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Ranger Label Installs Epson SurePress Digital Label Press To Deliver Pressure-Sensitive Short-Run Product Labels

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to them, we have tight color tolerances that we have to meet. The Epson SurePress consistently meets these color tolerances with its capability to print the same color run after run." Designed for prime label converters and commercial printers, the Epson SurePress L-4033AW is an easy-to-operate seven-color inkjet digital label press with White ink that makes high-quality, short-run label printing easier and more efficient, even on clear and metallic substrates. Delivering exceptional print
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Ricoh Partner Tier Levels

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Hey Gang, Seems like Ricoh has two partner tiers: Standard and Select. Does anyway have a feel for what percentage of Ricoh dealers fall within each tier. Say 20% Standard and 80% Select? I understand that the threshold to qualify forSelect is pretty low Appreciate any insights! Jake
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Ricoh Aficio SP 5200 Fuser Dealer Costs

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Hey Gang, Can anyone share the dealer wholesale cost for the Aficio SP 5200's Fuser? Thanks, Jake
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Ricoh MP C306 Wholesale Costs

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Hey P4P, Can anyone share the wholesale costs for the Ricoh MP C306? Would love the entire cost doc - HW, Options, Supplies.   Thanks, Jake  
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Canon iR 1435 Series Dealer Costs

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Hey Gang, Looking for the dealer costs for the iR 1435 series' dealer costs for the MFPs, their options, and supplies. Can anyone share this doc? Thanks, Jake
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Phillips Office Solutions buys fellow Sharp dealer in Lycoming County

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By Jason Scott , January 5, 2016 at 10:11 AM With an eye on expansion in the middle part of the commonwealth, Lower Swatara Township-based Phillips Office Solutions has acquired Phillips Supply House in Lycoming County. Phillips Office Solutions , which has about 150 employees in Pennsylvania and Maryland, said acquiring the fellow Sharp dealer fulfills a five-year goal of growing to the north of Harrisburg. Founded in 1893, Phillips Supply House is a fourth-generation document management
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Contex Adds HP PageWide XL Printer Driver to Nextimage’s Extensive List of Supported Devices

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networked devices. To begin printing to HP PageWide XL Printers, Contex customers simply need to plug the printer into the Contex scanner.or network. Within seconds, Nextimage Repro can send scans to print. Perfect Color from Scan to Print Contex’s color calibration wizard ensures color accuracy between the scanned image and output. The wizard walks users through the steps to calibrate the scanner and printer. The Nextimage feature ensures that the color in the scan matches the color in the
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MPSA NEWS: Two New Members on the Board of Directors

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MPSA Welcomes Mitchell Filby and Bill Ford to Board of Directors The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) is pleased to announce Mitchell Filby and Bill Ford as new members of the Board of Directors. Filby is the founder and Managing Director of First Rock Consulting and has been a member of the MPSA Education Committee for the past two years. Ford is Senior Consultant and Director at The Ascher Group / Yates Limited and is also a member of the MPSA Education
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Bonsai Lab Launches Talking 3D Printer for STEM Education Market Under $500

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3D printers for education market. Bonsai Lab collaborated with top tier Japanese industrial machinery parts suppliers, such as THK, Minebea, and Mitsuboshi Belt. The software is developed in collaboration with Interactive Laboratories which has high reputation in game industry. 1) Talking 3D Printer Soon, digital fabrication and smart house movement will include 3D printer. To free up users from cumbersome operations, FabPod (TM) features “voice navigation” for the first time in 3D printers. 2
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Canon imageRUNNER 1435

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Canon imageRUNNER 1435, can anyone send me the price sheet for this model?
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Re: New Ricoh color MFP embraces evolving styles of today's information workers

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printer only has a few hundred thousand prints on it, they just want some of the new functionality. Or, maybe they just installeda fleet of C306's and are attracted to some of the new features and are pissed that they have to either wait for their lease to expire or for the C306's to wear out to get the features. MPS and the A3 to A4 conversion has turned the model on its head, making recurring revenues simplified management (via fewer models/supplies/drivers) more valuable in most cases than
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Re: New Ricoh color MFP embraces evolving styles of today's information workers

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Instead of making us stock four or 5 different systems, why can't the manufacturers give us base system and then sell us the license or the firmware to change the speed and add or take away features. Would make great sense for the dealer and the manufacturer. It's my understanding that at least from Ricoh, we are going to see fast A4 devices in 2016. That's about all I know. I've stated this before, some like and some don't, but we need faster A4 devices with robust document feeders, robust
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Re: New Ricoh color MFP embraces evolving styles of today's information workers

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because of how much of a revenue drop it would mean. That being said, that should come before CPP rates match those of A3 devices. The golden goose is service revenue, that will be held more intact for as long as possible. If a manufacturer were to disrupt the product lifecycle by doing both simultaneously, it would be as disruptive as something related to printing can be. Maybe that's part of Lexmark's big announcement later this month as referenced in the Photizo article.
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Re: Is This the Death of Lexmark? Firm Rumored to Sell to Konica Minolta

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Many years ago someone somewhere told me that when the higher up execs are buying up shares of stock, then something is could be on the horizon. Lexmark Director buys shares
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Optimize document-based company processes by defining clear rules with DocuWare Workflow Manager

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with and supervisors have transparency. Determine the conditions for forwarding documents or for actions that must be executed before or after a deadline passes. DocuWare customers from large enterprise installations to medium sized offices and departments can now experience the benefits of a customized workflow-one that mimics their paper processes. Digital documents, email, and scanned paperwork, are now securely managed and day to day operations proceed at a faster pace—saving time, paper and

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